Robert DOWLING, Elizabeth, Mrs Henry Dowling Enlarge 1 /1


Essex, England 1827 – London, England 1886

  • Australia 1834-1857, 1884-1886

Elizabeth, Mrs Henry Dowling 1851-52 Title Notes: original frame
Place made: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on board

Dimensions: 30.5 h x 25.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2009
Accession No: NGA 2009.605

This is the only known portrait of Dowling’s much-loved mother Elizabeth. She was a deeply religious, charitable person and contributed greatly to her husband’s work as well as bearing eight children. She died on 24 March 1853 at the age of 72, perhaps less than a year after her youngest son painted her portrait. Her husband wrote: ‘The last five years were painful, arising from a severe affection of the nerves, so that she often wished for death, as a friendly messenger to take her to her home above.’

Robert Dowling: Tasmanian son of Empire
Exhibition extended label text 2010

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra